Christmas is full of magical stories designed to enchant and amaze children and adults of all ages. Maybe the most magical of all has to be The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis; the tale of four children whisked away to another world, where it is “always winter and never Christmas”. This year, the legendary lantern trail, The Festival of Light returns to Longleat with lanterns of our favourite Narnians.
The annual lantern festival is back from November 11 to January 7, with more life-sized lanterns than ever before. Step through the wardrobe and discover a world of illuminated characters, from the mighty Aslan to the bewitching White Witch. You’ll also discover show-stopping worlds of treasured Children’s tales like Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Winnie the Pooh.
But everywhere you go at Longleat this Christmas season, you’ll discover unique lanterns, dazzling light shows and magical trails around every corner. Standing at over 15 metres tall, ‘Britain’s biggest singing Christmas tree’ also returns this year with over 88,000 twinkling lights. Meanwhile, the Santa Train will journey to the North Pole, where Father Christmas is waiting in his grotto!
Longleat House will be even more luminous this year – a phenomenal light show will bring its historic facade to life each evening, synchronised to festive music. (To get the best view, make sure to follow the Garden trail.) Plus, there will be an all-new 60m fountain display on Half Mile Pond!
Lastly, but by no means least, also returning this year is the iconic winter safari to Longleat. With an immersive six-and-a-half-mile drive-through safari, many of the animals – tigers and lions in particular – are often much more active in cooler weather. Tickets to The Festival of Light start at £18.70, with a range of ticket options to choose from. To learn more about head here.